Best Jazz Vocal records with a combo rather than an orchestra?

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  1. weshunter

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    Anybody know of some great jazz vocal records where the singer is backed by a combo rather than the full orchestral treatment (like it seems most of Sinatra's stuff is)?

    I'm looking for primarily standards and would prefer a male singer but that's not completely necessary. I'm looking to work on my singing with an eye on maybe doing a little jazz guitar/vocal gigging on some standards. Pretty much all my jazz experience is instrumental.

    Thanks TGP!
     
  2. Ferret

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    Not quite what you want but Betty Carter made a series of recordings for her own label with her own combo which are as good as modern jazz vocals get.

    Less daunting are Mose Allison recordings. Check them out to see which ones have songs you might want to work on. Also, the early Nat King Cole recordings are with his trio—lots of well known songs in there. Jon Hendricks and Oscar Brown Junior worked with combos but you probably won't find the classics you are looking for. Johnny Hartman has an album with Coltrane. Lew Rawls worked with combos.

    Remember though: vocal jazz developed (after the 20s) primarily as a vocalist plus big band genre. There were fewer males than females and even fewer good males. When a male jazz stylist decides to do an album of standards it nearly always gets the big band treatment at least but often the string section as well.
     
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    Maybe some Harry Connick Jr.?

    Recent Tony Bennett live stuff - I think he just plays w/a combo?
     
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    Thanks - those are good suggestions. I've seen the Betty Carter stuff mentioned elsewhere so I'll definitely look that up. That other stuff I haven't heard, so I'll check all of that out too.
     
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    Nat King Cole - Complete After Midnight Sessions
    Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - The Great Summit
    Joe Williams - At Newport '63
    Dinah Washington - Dinah Jams & After Hours with Miss D
    Ella Fitzgerald - Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie
     
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    FTLOC - Julie London.
     
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    Most all of Mose Allison



    Here's an entire Kurt Elling concert and the amazing John McLean on guitar as a bonus.



    Kevin Mahogany



    This entire album is amazing



     
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    You might want to check out the Ella Fitzgerald albums with Joe Pass accompanying.

    Skip to about 27:30 to get Ella & Joe together (the first 27 minutes is Joe Pass solo):

     
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    This is really great - thanks everybody
     
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    Another Johnny Hartman LP from 1963: I Just Dropped By to Say Hello, which features both Jim Hall and Kenny Burrell.
     
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    Her first two albums are about as good as the genre gets. Just brilliant and the model for so many singers who've come after her.
     
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    Betty Carter was famous for going out with bands of young players. I'm partial to her rare foray with grownups: "Feed The Fire" with Geri Allen, Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette.

    It's impossible to top "Light As A Feather," Chick Corea's second recording with the acoustic 'version one' Return to Forever. Flora Purim singing with Chick, Stanley Clarke shredding on upright, Joe Farrell and Airto on a full drum set.

    Although we shouldn't overlook the obvious: "Getz / Gilberto" has Astrud Gilberto singing over Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto and more. Yeah, I know, your grandmom likes this record but there is a reason for that. This disc essentially invented an entire musical genre as far as North Americans are concerned. Don't think "quiet" means "dull": Soft can be very, very exciting!

    Next!
     
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    Since we'e wandered off the male vocalist thing...these all have small group recordings.


    Abbey Lincoln
    Dianne Reeves
    Nancy Wilson
    Cheryl Bentyne
    Janis Siegal
    obviousy .... Ella, Billie
    Sarah Vaughan
    Cassandra Wilson

    and

    Mark Murphy
    Billy Eckstine
    Milton Suggs
     
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    god I love King Pleasure - that stuff is so great
     
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    Gregory Porter is currently killing it. Check out his album Liquid Spirit, better yet, catch him live.
     
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    Ella and Louis is one of my favourites.
     
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    He was already mentioned, but anything by the Nat Cole Trio is awesome. I listen to that stuff all the time and it's wonderful. There's a "greatest hits" disc I think if you want a sampler.
     
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    Johnny Hartman w/ 'Trane, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, and Jimmy Garrison:



    Here's a link to the whole album----(and his Lush Life is very, very fine*):









    *some may have to adjust to the "crooner" thing, but he was one of (if not the) best, and the playing is impeccable (rich and deep).
     

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